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"There is no race in particular [that I will target], and the goal is to go as fast as possible to redeem the past season," Capecchi tells Cyclingmole

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21.12.2013 @ 17:24 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Eros Capecchi had his 2013 season destroyed by allergies and health issues and never managed to show the potential that had earned him a contract with Movistar. In 2014 he hopes to find back to his former level and prepares himself to ride the Tour de France for the first time since 2010.


Movistar appeared to have made a coup when they announced the signing of Eros Capecchi for the 2013 season. While riding for Liquigas, the Italian had proved to be a splendid climber and a crucial domestique for riders like Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali.


After riding for himself at last year's Vuelta a Espana where he finished 25th after fading towards the end of the race, Capecchi got another chance to test himself in a grand tour. While Benat Intxausti and Juan Jose Cobo were the captains for the Giro d'Italia, there was no clear leader and there would be room for Capecchi to show his cards if he could find his best legs.


However, that never happened as he suffered from allergies throughout the entire race. He showed glimpses of his talents towards the end of the race but his 19th place on the final mountain stage to Tre Cime Di Lavaredo was still a far cry from the form he had shown earlier in his career.


While Movistar had a highly successful race with four stage wins, Capecchi suffered throughout the entire event.


"It’s already difficult to run it at 100%, let alone with physical problems," he told Cyclingmole in an interview. "I hope that everything that I had to pass through will be just a bad memory, that has enriched me in experience."


Capecchi finally had some success in the Tour of Poland when he finished 6th overall, prompting Ivan Basso to make him one of three Italians to keep an eye on in the Vuelta a Espana, the others being Vincenzo Nibali and Basso himself. However, he was again hit by his health problems and while he performed better than he did in the Giro, he was unable to support Alejandro Valverde in the way he wanted.


"I did a great Tour of Poland, although I could have done something better in certain stages," he said before describing the Vuelta as "tough because after the first week my physical problems had returned and I was not riding the way I wanted to be."


During the Giro, Capecchi said that it would probably be his last participation in his home race as his allergies prevented him from performing at his best at that time of the year. This has probably influenced the decision to let him return to the world's biggest race for the second time after debuting there in 2010.


"It[my schedule] is not 100% yet and I don’t know what my first race will be, but I will probably do the Tour de France," he said.


In the Tour he will again ride in support of Valverde who is likely to lead Movistar in the race. For Capecchi, however, the goal is mainly to put last season behind him.


"There is no race in particular, and the goal is to go as fast as possible to redeem the past season," he said about his goals.


Capecchi's best result was his stage win in the 2011 Giro d'Italia.



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